Xerox debuts iGen 5 production press with optional fifth colour

Xerox iGen5 Digital Press.
Xerox iGen 5 Digital Press.

The iGen 5 expands Xerox’s existing iGen family – the iGen 150 and iGen4 Diamond Edition – by continuing to expand the scope of applications that can be produced using the OEM’s production colour press portfolio. According to InfoTrends, the high-end digital production colour market will expand from about 60 billion pages currently to 87 billion pages globally by 2018, offering significant growth opportunities for printers. That’s part of the reason why Xerox has added a fifth colour option to its latest iGen Series of digital colour presses that boost press uptime and offer multiple speed choices. Thousands of iGen presses are already creating billions of high-quality, high-margin sales brochures, posters, photo books and direct-mail pieces that can be personalized and are consistently printed in vibrant colour, said Xerox. With the iGen platform, productivity gains of up to 25% can be achieved because less time is spent on reprinting, quality control and job set-up.

Andrew Copley, President, Global Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Technology.
Andrew Copley, President, Global Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Technology.

“We launched a digital colour revolution when we introduced the iGen platform in 2002,” said Andrew Copley, President, Global Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Technology. “We continue to anticipate change and respond with new ways to convert pages from offset. The iGen 5 is fully customizable to meet page volume, application type and colour needs – all while delivering market-leading press uptime.”

Printers can select the iGen 5 150 Press (150 ppm), iGen 5 120 Press (120 ppm) or iGen 5 90 Press (90 ppm). Each has new scalable architecture that enables upgrading from one speed to the next. As well, the optional fifth colour unit increases the ability to match a larger gamut of Pantone colours or unknown spot colours without affecting productivity. Orange, green or blue options supplement CMYK and can accurately reproduce distinctive brand colours without moving short runs to offset. A variety of colour matching, job set-up and quality control automation tools ensure maximum uptime that results in more profitable pages flowing through an operation, said the company.

Other features include:

  • An EFI Fiery or Xerox FreeFlow Print Server to automate and integrate the workflow process from order to finish.
  • Gloss or matte dry ink options that can create unique and eye-catching applications.
  • 26-inch sheet size to enable more jobs and applications – such as six-panel brochures, gatefold pamphlets, pocket folders and direct-mail campaigns.
  • 2400 x 2400 dpi imaging system, Object Oriented Halftoning, Xerox Confident Colour and Auto Density Control to deliver reliable and predictable image quality.
  • A range of inline finishing solutions – including Xerox IntegratedPLUS Finishing and Dual Mode Sheet Feeder to manage jobs with diverse finishing requirements.

The iGen 5 150 Press and EFI Print Server are available immediately worldwide. The iGen 5 120 Press, iGen 5 90 Press and FreeFlow Print Server will be available this September.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.